What is Dermal Therapy?
Dermal Therapy is the treatment and management of skin health and skin conditions. Dermal Therapy procedures are non-surgical treatments that assist with anti-aging, acute and chronic skin diseases. Dermal procedures include a range of laser and light based treatments, resurfacing procedures and lymphatic procedures. Benefiting the general health, well-being and maintenance of your skin.
What are Dermal Therapists?
Dermal Therapists are formally trained in the area of Dermal Therapy and specialise in skin treatment and management procedures. Dermal Therapists use their extensive training in skin biology, physiology and knowledge to evaluate your skin condition and develop personalised skin care plans and solutions.
How many treatments will I need?
Initially treatments may be required in a 6, 8 or 12 week program for best results. Combined with an ongoing Home Prescriptive program, monthly treatments may then be required. Just like a fitness program, initially you must work harder before you reach a maintenance stage. Everything in life is about consistency.
DMK Treatments use a philosophy of make a difference by doing things differently. We address not only the problem but how it came to be there.
What is transdermal?
Transdermal means that the products penetrate in to the voids of the skin where ingredients can be stored. The body can then uptake these ingredients naturally through slow release
How strong are the peels?
DMK Peels are offered with the aim of lifting away dead skin cells to reveal a fresh, new layer of skin. DMK Peels are epidermal peels which offer fewer side-effects than other peels which may penetrate deeper.
What ingredients do DMK use?
Mainly botanical based ingredients which refers to plant-based ingredients.
How soon do I see results?
Results vary depending on condition or are being treated. As in everything in life, everyone responds differently to certain treatments.
If you don't have any skin concerns we recommend two treatments in a row and then a monthly maintenance and Home Prescriptive program in order to get a healthy glow and bounce.
What is paramedical?
You’re average facial and cosmetic product will most commonly only work topically on the skin whereas ‘paramedical’ treatments work to revise the functioning of the skin by regulating dysfunctions that cause the skin to look as it does, therefore instigating better skin functioning.
If you think of the skin as a factory – working too slow (ageing) or too fast (acne) we assess the underlying issues with the aim of encouraging the factory to work at its best at all levels.
Paramedical does not focus on a condition it aims to encourage skin to work at its full capacity.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL FAQ
How does Laser Hair Removal work?
Laser uses targeted photons of light which scatter beneath the skin’s surface. The light from the laser is attracted to the pigment (known as melanin) in the hair follicle. Dark pigment acts as ‘fuel’ and absorbs the light energy which is then converted into heat. In order to destroy the hair follicle the hair needs to be in the anagen stage (active growth phase) and we need to achieve at least 70 degrees of heat to effectively treat unwanted hair. If this temperature is not reached, The hair will not be able to be permanently removed and instead merely damaged, which will result in the hair growing back finer and lighter (instead of being permanently removed). This is the major difference between laser hair removal, and other substandard methods such as IPL treatments. The thicker and darker the hair, the more pigment it will hold, therefore more light will be absorbed giving you a higher likelihood of permanently removing the hair.
How many treatments will I need?
Most people generally need 6-8 treatments per area treated. That is why we offer packages of 6. However, 6 is not a magical number, it is just a good starting average for most people. Some people might need more than the initial 6 treatments to achieve their desired results. Some sites, especially the facial area, tend to require more due to hormonal factors, hair depth and density. It is important to be well aware that everyone’s bodies are different and may respond differently, and different sites on the same person can even respond differently.
How often should I have laser hair removal treatments?
Treatments are usually performed every 4-6 weeks for facial hair and every 8-10 weeks for body hair. It is important to ensure your treatments are performed at the right times depending on the location on the body.
Throughout our body we have three different stages of hair growth. The first stage is called the Anagen phase where the hair is attached to the root. This is the active growth stage and may last between 2-6 years. This is the only stage in which we can attempt to successfully destroy the hair follicle. The second stage is called the Catagen stage where the hair follicle has moved upwards and is no longer attached to the root. This stage usually lasts 1-2 weeks. We cannot remove any hair that is in this stage of growth. The third stage is called the Telogen stage where the hair follicle is totally separated from the root. This stage lasts between 5 and 6 weeks, we cannot remove the hair that is in this stage of growth. This is the reason you require a course of treatments.
Is Laser Hair Removal safe?
Laser hair removal treatments are extremely safe and our technicians are qualified laser therapists. The laser light emitted penetrates the skin and then enters the hair follicle. By doing so, the laser light succeeds in damaging the hair follicle, thus making it impossible to grow hair again. Though the laser light is transformed into heat when it reaches the follicle, it does not cause any harm to the skin.
Can laser promote hair growth?
Laser treatment cannot make more hair. The important thing to keep in mind is that our bodies are constantly changing and as we age, some people will lose body hair and some may grow more in new places. Laser can destroy your hair follicles but cannot prevent new ones from developing.
Laser hair removal will definitely help to reduce hair in any area of the face or body, because the heat from the laser device is so strong that it severely and permanently damages the hair follicles. However, there is something called vellus hair, or peach fuzz hair, which is very fine hair that can appear anywhere on the skin, and this hair can be difficult to treat. For reasons that the experts are still not completely sure of, the laser can have a hard time in treating and eliminating these hairs. In addition to the vellus hairs, single sparse hairs can also react similarly.
One theory is that the beam from the laser hair removal machine is easily absorbed by normal, dark, long hairs, also called terminal hair, but that vellus hair has a harder time absorbing this light due to their finer texture. This can result in the vellus hairs not being completely destroyed, but only minimally damaged. The smaller damage that wasn’t really “enough” can make the vellus hairs try to repair themselves by supplying more blood to the hair follicles and thereby be able to grow longer and stronger. After all, hair protects our skin and our bodies are programmed to produce it. It appears that the fine hair can be especially hard to get rid of because it provides warmth and shields the skin. It is important to be treated by a qualified laser technician that is highly trained in laser hair removal.
Why can't I have laser treatments when pregnant?
The hormones of pregnancy can often accelerate the hair growth cycles and reduce the effectiveness of laser hair removal. You may resume treatments 30 days after giving birth. This time allows your hormones to return to their normal levels.
Are there any possible side effects?
Redness and slight swelling
Erythema (red and bumpy looking skin)
Sun burnt feeling
Temporary heat on the area
Pigmentation changes where the skin becomes lighter and darker (RARE)
If you have any concerns after you treatment you should contact our Dermal Therapists as soon as possible.
What should you do before coming in for a laser treatment?
Prior to a laser treatment you must ensure that you are fully shaved and you do not wax, pluck, thread or use any other hair removal method where you are removing the hair from the root. We need to ensure the root is present at the time of treatment in order to destroy it. The reason we shave the area before a laser treatment is to ensure that all the heat travels to the root of the hair and is not absorbed by the tip of the hair follicle. This will result in the most effective treatment possible. While some clients believe that shaving can cause more hair growth, there have been studies to prove that this is simply a myth. The other reason why it is important to shave before having a laser treatment is to reduce any chances of epidermal damage.
Prior to a laser treatment you must also ensure that you are not tanned from any source, including sun tan, solarium, spray tans or fake tans for a minimum of 1 month. The reason for this is because the laser is attracted to pigment and cannot distinguish between the pigment in a hair follicle or the pigment in the skin. You must ensure you inform your therapist of any sun exposure you have had prior to having a laser treatment and apply a SPF 30+ or greater everyday during the course of your laser treatments.
You must also ensure that you do not engage in any activities that will generate extra heat to the body including but not limited to exercise, saunas, spas and swimming.
What to expect after having a laser treatment?
After having a laser treatment you must treat the area like you would if you had been sun burnt. Avoid any hot showers, saunas, spas, exercise, sun exposure, products with active ingredients (AHA’s and BHA’s) and any other activities that will generate more heat to the area (and surrounding areas) for up to 1 week. Everyone responds differently to laser treatment therefore healing times will vary. Applying a topical anti bacterial, anti inflammatory agent as recommended by your Technician is essential to aid in soothing, calming and cooling the skin.
My skin is dark, is it safe for me to have laser treatments?
While laser hair removal is most effective on clients with light skin, here at LUXE Skin Clinic we have medical grade lasers that can safely treat darker skin types. Additional treatments may be required.
What is the difference between laser and IPL?
There are many differences between lasers and IPLs. The biggest difference is the wavelength of light. When treating a hair follicle we must ensure the light travels at the correct depth in order to reach the root of the hair. Our Cutera Laser has a wavelength of 755nm ensuring we reach the root of the hair most effectively. IPLs on the other hand have varied wavelengths, which means that not all the light is penetrating at the right depth to target hair.
Which parts of the body can we safely treat with laser?
We can safely treat every single part of the body except within a close proximity of the eyes. We cannot shape eyebrows however we can treat the mid brow. We are confident that we can effectively and safely remove unwanted hair permanently.